Bancroft Teams Earn Blue Ribbons at Chester County Reading Olympics Competition

For the seventh year in a row, all of Bancroft Elementary School’s fifth grade Reading Olympic teams earned blue ribbons – the highest award – at the Chester County Reading Olympic Competition. The teams make us all “Bancroft Proud!”

Beginning in late September, two fifth grade student Reading Olympic teams formed under the coaching of Mr. David Livergood, Reading Olympic coordinator and library media specialist. Students began reading 45 books on the official reading list. They read, took comprehension online quizzes, wrote their own questions, learned strategy, and practiced competing as teams. They even competed four times against the Bancroft Elementary School faculty team.

At the Chester County competition, the Bancroft Elementary School teams competed against teams from across Chester County. As teams, they participated in three rounds where they answered various questions about the 45 books they read. Each round contained 20 questions per team, and if the opposing team missed a question, the other team could earn a point by answering the question correctly. After all three rounds, teams with 50 points or more were awarded blue ribbons as the awards ceremony at West Chester East High School.

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Green Thumb Club

The Green Thumb Club has been busy this spring as the second graders planted our first crop, and the first graders have harvested it! The students learned how to prepare the beds for planting, how deep to plant the seeds, and ultimately how to harvest vegetable properly. We’ve enjoyed the fresh spinach and lettuce from our garden that the woman in the cafeteria have prepared for us.

As soon as the early crops were picked, the members of the Green Thumb Club planted the summer crops of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers. Bancroft Elementary School families will take on the responsibility of caring for the garden during the summer months. Food will either be taken home and eaten or donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

All of the students agree that growing your own food is fun and easy, too!

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Volunteers Needed for Field Day

“All About Books” Field Day

Friday, June 1st (rain date: Monday, June 4th)

Bancroft Elementary School’s Field Day sign-ups are HERE! Parent/guardian volunteers are needed to help lead games based on popular book titles. Volunteers may choose to sign-up online (preferred method) by clicking the link below. This option allows you to choose the game you’d like to run. OR, you can sign up by completing and returning the brown flyer that will come home this week, and you will be placed where help is most needed.

AM Field Day (9:30-11:30) 5th, 4th and half of 3rd grade homerooms–Coppola, Craig, & Clendening ONLY

PM Field Day (1:05-3:05) 1st, 2nd and half of 3rd grade–Katherman & Pearson ONLY

Volunteers should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to start in order to review game instructions. Volunteers must also have clearances on file in order to participate!!!

Click below to sign-up

Looking forward to a great field day this year!

Thank you,

Leigh Castle

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Student Orchestra Performs for School

Bancroft Elementary School’s orchestra, under the direction of instrumental music teachers Mrs. Elisa Mata and Mrs. Michele Strickland, performed a dress rehearsal for the entire student body and staff. This rehearsal allows the musicians to practice for the performance that night. The group played the songs they had been practicing throughout the school year. The student audience was extremely respectful, responsible, safe, and being the best they could be during the entire performance.

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Enchantment Theater Visits Bancroft Elementary School

Bancroft Elementary School students were treated to a theater presentation by the Enchantment Theatre Company. Performers acted out the story The Fisherman and His Wife. This tale shows how a poor fisherman discovers a fish that grants wishes. His wife yearns to advance in life and become richer but soon learns that the love of her family is more valuable than riches and power. Students also learned how the actors became interested in acting.

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Fifth Grade Creates a Living Wax Museum

Fifth grade students at Bancroft Elementary School recently created a wax museum. After choosing a famous person, and using materials from the library media center, the students created a biographical report. On the day of the wax museum, the students used props and costume to become their famous person. They then stood very still – like a figures in a wax museum – waiting for someone to “push” their button to make them come alive. Once their buttons was pushed, the students would recite their speeches about their lives. This amazing biographical project will be remembered and cherished by all students.

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Chorus Entertains Student Body

Bancroft Elementary School’s chorus, under the direction of music teacher, Mr. Ben Green, performed a dress rehearsal for the entire student body and staff. This rehearsal allows the musicians to practice for the performance that night. The group sang the songs they had been practicing along with the instrumentalists playing along. The student audience was extremely respectful, responsible, safe, and being the best they could be during the entire performance.

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A cappela Singers Enrich Bancroft Students

Students from Penn State sang to Bancroft Elementary School students and staff in a cappella style. The group sang various songs and encouraged the students to sing along with some of the songs. After the concert, Penn State singers answered questions from the attentive audience.

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Bancroft Students Compete at Special Olympics

On Thursday, May 3, Mrs. Sara Simasek’s students participated in the Southern Chester County Special Olympics. The weather was picture-perfect as the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Olympians boarded the bus wearing their T-shirts and excited smiles. At the event, the students ran 100 meters, threw tennis balls for distance, and participated in the long jump. As they had practiced, they cheered to support their fellow athletes. Each student proudly received a ribbon after each event amidst the applause of families, teachers, and peers. The students represented Bancroft Elementary School with pride by being the best they could be at the Special Olympics!​

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Bancroft Elementary School Holds First Plant Sale

Bancroft Elementary School students have been learning about plants through practical experience by planting seeds and observing them develop into young plants. Many varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers are growing all over the school. Students are excited to watch them grow and would love to see them go to Bancroft Elementary School families during the school’s first plant sale this Saturday, May 5 from 9:00-11:00 am, rain or shine. Plants will be sold from $1.00-$3.00 per plant. All proceeds will benefit the the school’s garden.


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